This is an article
posted in the St. Clair Times, a newspaper in St. Clair County Alabama about a moonshine still found on a tip to local law enforcement.
I sincerely hope the article is incorrect when it paraphrases Lt. Mike Reese of the Alabama Beverage Control Board as stating it is illegal to make beer without the proper licenses.
The article states a child could have become sick or even killed from accidental exposure to moonshine. That has to be some really bad moonshine. I could never get my kid to take Robitussin. If a child drank enough moonshine to become ill or cause death I wouldn't think it would be from "accidental exposure". (Please, no crackpots sending me comments thinking I condone underage drinking.)
But then again, perhaps it really was some bad moonshine because the article estimates that what appears to be a 15 gallon keg in the picture "was capable of making 5 gallons of moonshine"...I don't know about you, but that doesn't sound like real deliberate cuts to me.
The article informs us the owners of the still were using a hot plate to operate the still. Longtime readers of this forum know a hot plate doesn't allow you to accurately control the heat input to a still, so let this be a lesson to all of you out there...if you use a hot plate - you will be caught. (My reference to getting caught because of using a hot plate is a joke, if you use a hot plate yourself do not send me hate mail or corrections.)
Last, let me point out this all occurred in the same county in Alabama where paramedics answered an emergency call and arrived on the scene of a young woman who had miscarried twins. The paramedics then flushed the twin still born fetuses down the toilet. No, I'm not kidding...here's the article
describing this horrible event. It was adjacent to the article about the raid on the still on the front page of the newspaper.
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